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Youth, youth workers to be honored today in Watertown

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WATERTOWN — A handful of youth and youth workers will be honored today during a luncheon at Elks Lodge 496, Bradley Street, for their commitment and dedication to either improving their lives or providing skills for others to succeed.

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, the luncheon will provide the following awards to this year’s recipients:

n Youth Leadership — to Kyle Clark, 19, Copenhagen, who was nominated by Frank A. Doldo, Jefferson Community College’s director of student activities. Mr. Clark was nominated for his “exemplary commitment and drive both inside and outside of the classroom,” as he has succeeded in academics and has participated in the CROP Walk, youth sports and numerous college events.

n Overcoming Odds — to Jonissa Houston, 16, Fort Drum, who was nominated by Andrianna Crawford, Indian River Central School District guidance counselor, “for her determination and positive attitude.” Jonissa aims to graduate from high school one year early to attend JCC, and then transfer into a nursing program.

n Outstanding Youth Volunteer — to Alivia Bonnell, 16, Watertown, who was nominated by Samantha Hamilton, for her volunteer work with the Youth Empowerment Program, Wiley School-Age Child Care Program, Blue Sharks and Watertown Urban Mission Dollar Dinners program.

n Promising Ability in Youth Service — to Steven C. Robinson, Adams, who was nominated by Heidi L. Edgar, South Jefferson Central School District guidance counselor, for “his outstanding commitment to students and youth in Southern Jefferson County.” Mr. Robinson has coached sports, managed the Project Adventure site and been involved in many other events.

n Outstanding Youth Worker — to Julie Daniels, Watertown, who was nominated by The Workplace director Cheryl A. Mayforth, for her dedication to the Youth Empowerment Program throughout her 20-year career with the Jefferson County Department of Employment and Training, and for assisting youths with college applications, connecting youths with employers and encouraging them through challenging situations.

n It Takes a Community — to Charles W. Mount, Three Mile Bay, who was nominated by Lyme Central School Principal Barry K. Davis, for his 30-plus-year involvement in the Lyme Youth Commission Board.

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